Leaving an old community can be difficult. On top of moving your possessions, selling your home, and saying goodbye to old friends, it can be hard to remember the things you need to do in order to set up the new life waiting for you in a new locale.
To make it easier, make a checklist and follow this handy guide to make your move smoother.
Don't forget to grab anything you have in your safety deposit box, as well.
Keep your old doctor's number so you can contact them when you need paperwork forwarded to your new doctor.
If you're keeping your health insurance plan, look for doctors in your new area that will accept it. If you need to switch providers or update your plan, try to do so before you move.
If not, ask your insurance agent for a recommendation, call the local chamber of commerce or research companies online.
Things to Transfer
Be aware that canceling before your membership has completed can result in early termination fees. Factor it into your moving costs and move on.
And just for safekeeping, ask the school system to make copies of all your children's records for you to take with you.
Raid the Kitchen
Also use up, give away, or donate any unopened food in your pantry. These items can be bulky and heavy to transport.
Check the Car
If it's a long road trip, pack a first-aid kit just to be safe. This should contain bandages, bug spray, sunburn spray, tissues and medications you or your family will need along the way.
Final Closure for Moving
- Visit local spots that hold dear memories. Take snapshots or a short video for keepsake purposes.
- Host your own going-away party, and encourage your children to invite their friends. This is a good-bye for everyone -- including friends, neighbors, former teachers, and colleagues.
- Take one last walk through the house together, noting spots you'll never want to forget.
- Take a picture of the family in front of the old house.
- Take a picture of your family in front of the new house. Display both photos side-by-side somewhere in the new place for everyone to see easily.
- If you can, make plans to visit your old hometown within the first year after your move. Visit friends and drive past your old home, through neighborhoods, and landmarks. This post-move reconnection with dear friends and fond memories will help your family bring finality to the move -- even after you've settled into your new digs.